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A hilarious journey

CHENNAI:20/04/2011:Some of the participants at the Humour Yoga programme organised at Krishnapuram Park at Ambattur on April 14. Photo:Handout_E_Mail.   | Photo Credit: Handout_E_Mail



In 2003, when S. Sampath started the Humour Club of Ambattur Right Choice, around 15 people attended the first session. The meetings were held on the terrace of his office in Ambattur and his friends and relatives were the audience.

“I was never disappointed with the numbers as I knew there will always be takers for a good session of humour,” says S. Sampath. He was not wrong. Today, around 100 people attend the monthly meetings of the Club, which was renamed Amabattur Sirippu Arangam (Laughathon) in 2010.

On February 14, the club celebrates its 150 meeting. Sampath says there are many reasons why the club has a good patronage. It is the only one of its kind in the western suburbs, catering to residents of Avadi and Puzhal. “We do not charge any membership fee,” he says.

Laughathon has around 400 registered members and around on an average, 100 people attend its meetings.

“Once when Delhi Ganesan was the guest, we had around 600 people in the audience,” says Sampath, an investment consulatnt.

Laughter yoga is another highlight of the meetings. “I learnt it from Dr. Madan Kataria from Bangalore in 2010 and since then, I have a small session on laughter yoga at every meeting. Here, participants are introduced to exercises that make them laugh,” he says. At Sunday’s event, artiste Fathima Babu and team will stage a play. There will be a 15-minute laughter yoga session, followed by regular humour programmes. The meeting starts at 4.15 p.m.

Venue: Satsang Hall, Venkatapuram, Ambattur.

For details, call 9003034503, 9789778442.

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